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ICE backs controversial BBC power programme

SCARE-MONGERING perhaps, but based on fact so fully justified, was the verdict of ICE Energy Board chairman David Anderson on the BBC's power failure 'docusoap' this week.

Anderson appeared in the programme If?the lights go out due to be screened last night (Wednesday). He was there to give an expert 'documentary' view of the fictional action.

He was also instrumental in setting up the fictional scenario and worked with producers to plan the programme.

'All it can do is highlight awareness of a prospect that is not unrealistic, ' he said.

'Programmes like this are always to some extent scaremongering, ' Anderson admitted.

'It is certainly based on fact. If that's the factor that's needed to make people aware then I'm very happy to be part of it.'

In a similar vein to last year's The day the nation stopped film, this programme highlights the disastrous consequences of a massive interruption in gas supplies to the UK following a terrorist attack on a Russian pipeline.

In the depth of winter 2010, the nation quickly descends into chaos as homes are left without water or power, traffic is grid-locked and transport systems grind to a halt, trapping passengers in trains and tunnels.

Anderson said that the scenario was realistic and one of a number of potential scenarios.

'This brings home the fact that much of our gas comes from abroad. We hope that the government delivers something on the on the back of this.'

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